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We focus primarily on how plant-microbiome, plant-pathogen, and bacteria-phage interactions occur, both as model systems for understanding fundamental principles and with the aim of leveraging these findings for design of novel disease management strategies. Men's Boots, Fall and Winter Plus Velvet Cotton Boots British Big Job Tooling Boots with The Tide Boots to Keep Warm Casual Desert Boots XUE (color A, Size 44)Sperry Top-Sider Men's Leeward Boat shoesWe integrate ecological and evolutionary thinking with cutting-edge microbiological and molecular approaches to gain insight to microbiome establishment and function, within-microbiome interactions, and the role that microbiota and phages play in shaping disease. For more information on ongoing research projects, look here.
The Koskella lab at our end-of-semester lab lunch (May 2019)
A brief introduction to the lab and our recent research:
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I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in how species interactions influence genetic diversity within populations, diversity between populations, and species diversity at the community level. By combining evolutionary theory on coevolution, population dynamics, and infection genetics,ED Ellen DeGeneres Womens LucerneSenxi Outdoor Hiking shoes for Men and Women Outdoor Leisure shoes 4 color OptionalI'll NEVER BE HER Mens shoes Casual British Split Leather Lace Up Spring Men shoes Footwear Classic Fashion Work Design shoes Men BlackConverse Men's One Star, RED Pink I directly test the underlying assumptions and predicted outcomes of host-pathogen and microbial interactions through the lens of human health and agricultural sustainability.
My previous work was primarily focused on host – parasite coevolution; first between a smut fungus and a plant (e.g. Nike Women’s W Air Zoom Fearless Fk 2 Low-Top Sneakers Black), then a trematode and a snail (e.g. Adrianna Papell Women's Hollis Dress Pump), and most recently between bacteriophage viruses and the bacteria they infect, which are themselves parasites of plants (e.g. if phages are locally adapted to bacteria, Dig dog bone Men's Drive Loafers for Casual Comfortable and Breathable Soft Pure color Slipand Nine Seven Patent Leather Women's Pointed Toe Stiletto Heel Elegant Handmade Classy Trendy Pumps shoes). The types of fundamental questions I’ve address are:
1) How do pathogens/parasites adapt to better infect their hosts? And at what scale / speed are they capable of adapting?
Meaden, S., & Koskella, B. (2017). Adaptation of the pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae, Salomon Women's XA Baldwin Trail Running shoesSteve Madden Mens Lassow Oxfordduring experimental evolution on a native vs. alternative host plant. Molecular ecology, 26(7), 1790-1801.
Koskella, B. (2014). Bacteria-phage interactions across time and space: merging local adaptation and time-shift experiments to understand phage evolution. The American Naturalist, 184(S1), S9-S21.
Koskella, B., Thompson, J. N., Preston, G. M., & Buckling, A. (2011). Lucky Brand Womens Aisha Leather Open Toe Casual Slide SandalsMen's Leather shoes Youth Business England Black Men's shoes Casual Belt First Layer Soft Leather Men's shoesLocal biotic environment shapes the spatial scale of bacteriophage adaptation to bacteria. The American Naturalist, 177(4), 440-451.
Greischar, M. A., & Koskella, B. (2007). A synthesis of experimental work on parasite local adaptation. Ecology Letters, 10(5), 418-434.
2) How do hosts respond to this adaptation (i.e. coevolve) and become more resistant to their local pathogens/parasites? 2019 Mens Boots Ankle Boots for Men High Top Leather Upper Round Toe Comfortable Wear Resistant Casual Classic Lace Up Fashion shoesInov-8 Men's F-Lite 235 V2And are they paying a significant cost for this evolved resistance?Emporio Armani Zadar Mens Sandals WhiteDesi Hangover Genuine Premium Leather Handmade Mens Casual shoes Slip-on Loafers Hola Brown Oil bluee Red Stripes shoes.
Koskella, B., & Parr, N. (2015). The evolution of bacterial resistance against bacteriophages in the horse chestnut phyllosphere is general across both space and time. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 370(1675), 20140297.
Meaden, S., Paszkiewicz, K., & Koskella, B. (2015). The cost of phage resistance in a plant pathogenic bacterium is context‐dependent. Evolution, 69(5), 1321-1328.
Koskella, B. (2013). Phage-mediated selection on microbiota of a long-lived host. Current Biology, 23(13), 1256-1260.
Koskella, B., Lin, D. M., Buckling, A., & Thompson, J. N. (2011).Adidas Originals Stan Smith PK Primeknit Mens Sneakers shoesCole Haan Womens Marta Pump 65mm Waterproof Pump Men's Outdoor Sports shoes Trend Black Spring and Autumn Wild Casual Breathable Running shoes Sneakers,43Nine West Women's Mariterase Leather PumpThe costs of evolving resistance in heterogeneous parasite environments. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, rspb20112259.
3) Can antagonistic coevolution lead to increased diversity? For example, do pathogens/parasites preferentially target common hosts (i.e. the hosts that are the most fit) and therefore impose a rare-host advantage?
Morella, N. M., Gomez, A. L., Wang, G., Leung, M. S., & Koskella, B. (2018). The impact of bacteriophages on phyllosphere bacterial abundance and composition. Molecular ecology, 27(8), 2025-2038.
Koskella, B., & Lively, C. M. (2009). Evidence for negative frequency‐dependent selection during experimental coevolution of a freshwater snail and a sterilizing trematode. Evolution: International Journal of Organic Evolution, 63(9), 2213-2221.
and 4) Does this coevolution among hosts and parasites matter to human health, agriculture, and conservation? Can we use our understanding about when and how pathogens and commensals evolve to design better treatments and to predict and prevent the spread of diseases?
Koskella, B., & Taylor, T. B. (2018). Multifaceted impacts of bacteriophages in the plant microbiome. Annual review of phytopathology, 56, 361-380.
Lin, D., & Koskella, B. (2015). Friend and foe: Men's Fashion Driving Loafers Casual Personality Simple Retro Lightweight Boat Moccasins (color Black, Size 9.5 D(M) US)Adidas ORIGINALS Men's Vs Set Sneakerfactors influencing the movement of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori along the parasitism–mutualism continuum. Evolutionary applications, 8(1), 9-22.
Meaden, S., & Koskella, B. (2013). Exploring the risks of phage application in the environment. Frontiers in microbiology, 4, 358.
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